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JD (U) Sharad Yadav faction nominates Veerendra Kumar for RS seat

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

The faction of the (United) in today decided to nominate its state M P as a candidate for the Rajya Sabha polls from the state, which it would contest with the ruling CPI(M)-led LDF.

The decision to field for the lone Rajya Sabha seat was taken at the party parliamentary meeting held here, party Sheik P Haris said.

The decision to nominate the 82-year-old leader was unanimous, he said.

However, he said would file the nomination for the seat on March 12 as an independent as a case on the dispute over the party's flag and name at the national level was now pending before the

Polls are being held for the Rajya Sabha seat that had fallen vacant after Veerendra Kumar resigned from the to protest JD (U) joining hands with the BJP-led NDA.

The meeting held yesterday had extended support and offered the RS seat to theJD(U)'s faction that had quit the Congress-led UDF opposition in January.

Harish said the party expected that the next LDF meeting would take a decision on making them a partner in the ruling front.

However, he said no discussions were held in the party with regard to merging with the JD (S), now a partner in the LDF.

"It is not on the agenda of our party now," he said.

Veerendra Kumar had earlier joined the UDF after snapping ties with LDF over differences with the CPI(M) on the Kozhikode seat in 2009.

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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 16:30 IST